Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter and SpaceX, declared on Tuesday night that he would leave his position as soon as he found a replacement.
The 51-year-old tycoon responded to a poll he had previously tweeted asking users if he must resign by writing in a post on Twitter that he would stand down as CEO as soon as he found someone foolish enough to accept the position.
Musk stated that he will “just run the software & servers teams,” after stepping down as CEO of Twitter.
“Should I step down as head of Twitter?” was the question Musk posed in a Sunday post on Twitter, where he also republished the original poll.
Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022
Musk declared, “I will abide by the results of this poll,” later stating in another statement on Twitter, “As the saying goes, be careful what you wish, as you might get it.”
Some Twitter users, like Wall Street Silver, hypothesized that Musk may have released the survey because he was considering a successor. Musk made it clear that there was no qualified successor under consideration.
Yep, he already has the new CEO picked out.
Elon will retire to being Chairman of the Board and Tweeter.
— Wall Street Silver (@WallStreetSilv) December 18, 2022
“No one wants the job who can actually keep Twitter alive. There is no successor,” Musk retorted.
Over 17 million Twitter accounts had voted in the informal poll by the time it closed on Monday morning.
More than 57.5 percent of respondents voted that Musk should leave his position as CEO of the microblogging service, although only about 42.5 percent of accounts responded.
Till Tuesday, Musk had not openly addressed the poll’s findings. Musk, though, responded, “Good point,” to a user who proposed on Monday that Twitter Blue users “should be the only ones that can vote in policy-related polls. Twitter will change that.
After sparking controversy on Wednesday with his decision to block over 25 accounts that tracked private jets, including those flown by Elon Musk, oligarchs, authorities, and celebrities using publicly available data, the billionaire internet entrepreneur published the poll.
Eight journalists were also suspended by Musk after he claimed they published what he deemed to be “assassination coordinates” for him on Twitter.
Among the suspended journalists was Ryan Mac of the New York Times, Drew Harwell of the Washington Post, Aaron Rupar of the Washington Free Beacon, Donie O’Sullivan of CNN, Matt Binder of Mashable, Keith Olbermann of ESPN, Micah Lee of The Intercept, and Steve Herman of Voice of America.
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Musk’s decision to suspend the reporters and the flight-tracking accounts drew criticism across the platform, including from some of Musk’s supporters, notably Paul Graham, a founder of Y Combinator, and investor Balaji Srinivasan, the New York Times reported.
Musk’s actions also drew criticism from the European Union and the United Nations.
“Media freedom is not a toy,” Melissa Fleming, the UN’s undersecretary-general for global communications, said, according to reporting from the BBC. “A free press is the cornerstone of democratic societies and a key tool in the fight against harmful disinformation.” CONTINUE READING…